Van Jones' Emotional On-Air Reaction To Biden's Victory

After what feels like the longest week in politics we've ever experienced, major networks on both sides of the aisle this morning are finally calling the 2020 presidential election. From Fox News to CNN, the message is clear: Joe Biden is projected to be the 46th president of the United States. 

Network anchors visibly choked up as they announced the news, but the strongest reaction on Saturday came from Van Jones as he discussed how much this mattered not only to him and his family, but to the entire country. On CNN, Anderson Cooper asked Jones for his thoughts on Biden's victory, and his reaction was heartbreakingly emotional.

Jones began, "It's easier to be a parent this morning. It's easier to be a dad. It's easier to tell your kids, 'Character matters... it matters, telling the truth matters, being a good person matters.' And it's easier for a whole lot of people. If you're Muslim in this country, you don't have to worry that the president doesn't what you here. If you're an immigrant, you don't have to worry if the president is happy your baby has been snatched away... or send dreamers back for no reason."

Van Jones: 'This is vindication for a lot of people'

As he wiped tears from his eyes, he continued, "This is vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered. You know... the 'I can't breathe.' That was not just George Floyd. There were a lot of people who felt like they couldn't breathe... People who have been afraid to show their racism are getting nastier and nastier, and you're worried about your kids, and you're worried about your sister..." 

Jones words were painfully relatable to many, as he said, "You've spent so much of your life energy just trying to hold it together. And this is a big deal for us to get some peace and have a chance for a reset. And the character of the country matters, and being a good man matters. I just want my son to look at this... it's easy to do it cheap way and get away with stuff, but it comes back around... It is a good day for this county. I am sorry for the people who lost, but for most, this is a good day."